If you walk into most gyms, you’ll almost certainly be greeted several people cranking out as many dumbbell curls in front of the mirror as is humanly possible. You’ll probably see a few people bench pressing, hitting their backs on the lat pull-down machine etc. What you very rarely see these days, is people actively training their legs. For many, as their legs are covered up most of the time, they simply neglect their legs, and concentrate on their upper bodies instead. Not only that, but training your legs is hard work, and takes a good amount of mental toughness and a pretty high pain threshold in the process. People often neglect their legs, yet leg training is one of the most beneficial forms of weight training there is. We’ll be looking at why training your legs is so important, as well as your upper body.
You’ll actually gain more muscle elsewhere – Studies and research have recently found that compound exercises such as squats, and stiff legged deadlifts, will actually stimulate your body into releasing more natural growth hormones and testosterone. Both of these are vital for the growth and repair of muscle tissue, as these are natural muscle building hormones.
You can generate more strength – Take any health and safety course, and when it comes to lifting heavy objects, the first thing they’ll tell you to do, is to lift with your legs, not your back. Your quadriceps are the largest muscle group in your body, and strengthening and training them, as well as the other muscles in your legs, will actually help you to generate more explosive strength, and lift heavier objects safely as a result.
Your physique will look more balanced – There’s nothing worse than seeing a guy with a well-developed upper-body, and skinny chicken legs down below. It looks ridiculous, and will have people talking about you for all the wrong reasons. If you train your legs, your entire body will look more balanced and symmetrical, and will make you look much more impressive as a result.
Your upper body will benefit too – Free weight leg exercises such as squats, lunges, and dead-lifts actually work the whole of your body, and not just your legs. Because of this, your entire body is getting a workout, and you can be adding muscle, and toning existing muscle groups elsewhere, without even realizing. During squats for instance, your core gets a good workout as you have to stabilize the weight. During dead-lifts, your lower back also gets worked, as well as your chest and shoulders. Free weights work the entire body, so incorporating them into your leg training, along with machines of course, will benefit your physique greatly.